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  • Antidepressant use doubles in US

    08/03/2009 7:42:53 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 47 replies · 892+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-3-09 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday. About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found. "Significant increases in antidepressant use were evident across all sociodemographic groups examined, except African Americans," Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Steven Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia wrote in the Archives of General Psychiatry. "Not...
  • Having BIPOLAR vs. Being BIPOLAR

    07/31/2009 1:25:45 PM PDT · by YaZhynka · 19 replies · 957+ views
    July 31, 2009 | Richard Jarzynka
    HAVING BIPOLAR vs. BEING BIPOLAR (excerpt from the book, "Blessed With Bipolar: 36 God-Given Gifts of Manic Depression) I have bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder does not have me. Bipolar disorder is not, my identity. It is not who I am. Bipolar disorder impacts my personality, emotions, and behavior. It does not dictate what I think, believe, say, or do. There are blessings that come with “having bipolar disorder.” “Being bipolar,” on the other hand, would be nothing but a burden. If I think of myself as “being bipolar” (or of bipolar as being my being), then I am controlled by...
  • Autistic O.C. Marine sentenced for possessing child porn

    07/21/2009 1:57:38 AM PDT · by South40 · 16 replies · 921+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 7/20/2009 | Jessica Terrell
    He was diagnosed with autism, had received counseling for an attraction to child pornography and lived in a group home. Still, a recruiter thought that Joshua Fry had what it took to be one of “the few, the proud, the Marines.” Pvt. Fry, who spent the last year in the brig at Camp Pendleton on charges of possessing child pornography, leaving base without authorization and concealing his psychiatric history, was discharged today from the Marines for bad conduct and sentenced to four years confinement. Although the case has been settled and a verdict handed down, disturbing questions about exactly how...
  • Gay men sexually abused in childhood more likely to have risky sex and get HIV

    07/05/2009 9:17:05 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 34 replies · 1,470+ views ^ | July 01, 2009 | Michael Carter
    An experience of sexual abuse in childhood or adolescence is associated with an increased risk of gay men becoming HIV-positive in adult life, American researchers report in the July 1st edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The research also showed that men with a history of sexual abuse in early life had higher levels of depression and problematic drug and alcohol use, as well as being less receptive to HIV prevention interventions. “This is the first study…to demonstrate a predictive relationship between a history of childhood sexual abuse and high rates of HIV infection among HIV-uninfected men...
  • Autism, Non-Hollywood Version - Karl Greenfeld’s painful, eloquent memoir lays bare the...

    06/30/2009 8:29:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 658+ views
    City Journal ^ | 26 June 2009 | Stefan Kanfer
    Karl Greenfeld’s painful, eloquent memoir lays bare the disease’s toll.Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir, by Karl Greenfeld (Harper, 368 pp., $25.99) In the 1988 film Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman plays an autistic adult named Raymond Babbitt, a role for which he received an Academy Award. Hoffman’s performance has another distinction: 21 years later, it remains the phoniest portrayal of autism ever put on screen. Those who suffer from that affliction, unlike Raymond, aren’t all cuteness and intuition. Their rages don’t last three picturesque minutes; they can go on for days. In infancy, those stricken most severely retreat into themselves, never...
  • Protections for Transgender Workers (Obama to protect trannies)

    06/23/2009 7:43:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 27 replies · 886+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/23/09 | Jim Rutenberg
    Lawyers for President Obama are quietly drafting first-of-their kind guidelines barring workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees, officials said Tuesday. The guidelines will be in an updated federal handbook for managers and supervisors to be distributed and posted online in the next couple of months, and they could also be included in other materials for managers. They will list transgender people — those who identify their gender differently from the information on their birth certificates — as among several groups protected by antidiscrimination laws. Though transgender men and women are not believed to make up more than a fraction of...
  • Doctors Baffled, Intrigued by Girl Who Doesn't Age

    06/23/2009 4:47:08 PM PDT · by chevydude26 · 34 replies · 2,362+ views
    Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January. "Why doesn't she age?" Howard Greenberg, 52, asked of his daughter. "Is she the fountain of youth?" Such questions are why scientists are fascinated by Brooke. Among the many documented instances of children who fail to grow or develop in some way, Brooke's case may be unique, according to her doctor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine pediatrician Lawrence Pakula, in Baltimore. "Many of the best-known names in medicine, in their experience ... had not seen anyone who matched up to...
  • ADHD Drugs Linked to Sudden Death

    06/15/2009 5:36:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 749+ views
    ABC ^ | 6/15/09 | Dan Childs
    For Ann Hohmann, Oct. 21, 2004, began just about like any other day. On that morning, the 54-year-old mother of two living in McAllen, Texas, was preparing to take her eldest son to school. She had an early appointment, so her husband, Rick Hohmann, would be dropping off younger son, 14-year-old Matthew, at his school that day. About a month earlier, Matthew had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. And like an estimated 2.5 million other children in the United States, he was taking medication for the condition.
  • Serial Killers and Politicians Share Traits

    06/13/2009 2:00:58 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 17 replies · 871+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 12, 2009 | Jim Kouri
    (The following commentary includes material obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.) Psychopathy is a personality disorder manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, intimidation, and occasionally violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish needs. Although the concept of psychopathy has been known for centuries, the FBI leads the world in the research effort to develop a series of assessment tools, to evaluate the personality traits and behaviors attributable to psychopaths. Interpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth,...
  • Cher's Daughter To Undergo Sex Change

    06/12/2009 5:48:31 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 46 replies · 1,665+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 12, 2009 | Anne Lu
    Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - Cher's daughter is having a sex change. Chastity Bono - the 40-year-old daughter of the "Believe" singer and her late husband Sonny - began the lengthy gender reassignment process earlier this year. She has asked family and friends to call her Chaz, and will have surgery to give her male genitals later this year. Her spokesman said: "Chaz has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity. He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by loved ones." "It is Chaz's hope that his...
  • Alaska Gov. Palin in Westchester, Long Island [Fundraising for autism]

    06/07/2009 4:01:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 783+ views
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is using her public profile to draw attention to the needs of those with autism and other developmental disabilities in the New York metropolitan area. The former Republican vice presidential candidate is scheduled to join a fundraising walk for the group Autism Speaks in Westchester County on Sunday morning. Then she is to be honored on Long Island later Sunday at an anniversary celebration for Independent Group Home Living Inc. Palin's youngest son, Trig, has Down syndrome.
  • Latest Twin Study Confirms Genetic Contribution To SSA(Same Sex Attraction)Is Minor (less than 10%)

    05/26/2009 8:24:45 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 20 replies · 1,219+ views ^ | 4 June 2008 | By N.E. Whitehead, Ph.D.
    Neil Whitehead, Ph.D. Twin studies are favorites of mine because of the potential light they throw on the origins of same-sex attractions (SSA). The latest one (Santtila et al., 2008) is three times larger than any previous study - in fact, larger than all the rest put together.Does this latest study teach us something new? Quick answer: No. It confirms the best recent studies, which tell us that genetic factors are minor; non-genetic factors are major.The paper's title is "Potential for Homosexual Response is Prevalent and Genetic." This implies to the average reader that homosexuality is sometimes hidden, but commonly...
  • Homosexuals more likely to molest kids, study reports

    05/26/2009 3:03:25 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 50 replies · 3,417+ views ^ | May 30, 2001 | By Ken Walker
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--A social researcher who has studied sexual behavior for 24 years believes the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has sound reasons for maintaining its prohibition against gay scoutmasters. A homosexual cannot automatically be considered a child molester, said Judith Reisman, president of the Institute for Media Education in suburban Louisville, Ky. But with 17-24 percent of boys being abused by age 18, nearly as many as the 25 percent of girls, there is cause for concern, she said. Since heterosexuals outnumber the homosexual population about 44 to 1, as a group the incidence of homosexuals molesting children is...
  • Psychiatrist says sex-change surgery is a collaboration with a mental disorder, not a treatment.

    05/23/2009 9:44:51 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 65 replies · 3,802+ views ^ | Ethics & Medics, October 2005 | Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D.
    How should the Catholic community respond to men and women who think that a person's sex change operation would solve their problem? Catholic teaching in this area is clear. It is impossible to "change" a person's sex. Hormone treatments, cosmetic surgery and surgery to mutilate the sex organs do not change a person' sex. Confusion in this area has come about because people tend to defer to scientists, particularly in areas where their personal experience is limited. Therefore, when doctors, including those from the prestigious Johns Hopkins, have promoted "sex change" operations for physically normal men who believed they were...
  • Gender Identity Disorder: Has Accepted Practice Caused Harm? (Next on the list)

    05/22/2009 2:17:14 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 26 replies · 893+ views ^ | May 19, 2009‎ | Lois Wingerson
    As transgender activists protested outside the American Psychiatric Association (APA) meeting, speakers at the meeting were presenting on the same topic: gender identity disorder (GID). Some of their words would add clinical weight to the political slogans. Some of the speakers are activists themselves, including Rebecca Allison, MD, cardiologist who is transgender, widely published author Sarah Hoffman, whose son is gender variant, and Hewlett-Packard engineer Kelley Winters, PhD, founder of GID Reform Advocates. Winters1 has called on the APA to use the DSM-V revision to affirm that “in the absence of dysphoria, gender identity and expression that vary from assigned...
  • 'Gay gene' theory dealt a knockout punch

    05/14/2009 11:26:07 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 74 replies · 2,333+ views
    One news now ^ | 5/14/2009 | Charlie Butts
    The attempt to prove that homosexuality is determined biologically has been dealt a knockout punch. An American Psychological Association publication includes an admission that there's no homosexual "gene" -- meaning it's not likely that homosexuals are born that way. For decades, the APA has not considered homosexuality a psychological disorder, while other professionals in the field consider it to be a "gender-identity" problem. But the new statement, which appears in a brochure called "Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality," states the following: "There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that...
  • Statement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Gay and Lesbian Mental Health

    05/13/2009 9:39:38 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 8 replies · 656+ views ^ | 2009-04-27 | Royal College of Psychiatrists' Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
    ( - The Royal College shares the concern of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association that positions espoused by bodies like the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality ( NARTH ) in the United States are not supported by science. There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore so-called treatments of homosexuality as recommended by NARTH create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish. The Royal College of Psychiatrists holds the view that lesbian, gay and bisexual people should be regarded as valued members of society who...
  • Killings spur Army review of mental care

    05/13/2009 3:15:49 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 14 replies · 794+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 13 May 2009 | Richard Tomkins
    BAQOUBA, Iraq | The U.S. commander of the Multi-National Force -- Iraq on Tuesday ordered a top-to-bottom review of mental health services for U.S. troops in the country after the worst act of U.S. soldier-on-soldier violence in the Iraq war. Army Lt. Col. Brian Tribus, media relations chief for Multi-National Force - Iraq, told The Washington Times that Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby ordered procedures "to look into [mental health] services available and delivery of those services." Gen. Jacoby also requested that the Army inspector general review all mental health services available to troops in Iraq, Col. Tribus said. Five U.S....
  • Texting Trolley Driver Is Transgendered Male

    05/12/2009 10:28:24 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 50 replies · 1,784+ views
    The Boston-area transit authority trolley driver who allegedly slammed into another train while text-messaging his girlfriend Friday was hired as a minority because of his transgendered "female-to-male" status and had three speeding tickets on his driving record in recent years, ABC News has learned. Emergency personnel work outside the Government Center MBTA station in Boston, in this May 8, 2009... Emergency personnel work outside the Government Center MBTA station in Boston, in this May 8, 2009 file photo. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority general manager Dan Grabauskas says the collision occurred at 7:18 p.m. One trolley was stopped between Park and...
  • Fathers, sons and homosexuality

    05/12/2009 6:32:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies · 2,774+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 5/12/2009 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    The causes of homosexuality continue to both fascinate and divide people. Recently, in London, a conservative group of Anglicans, called the Anglican Mainstream hosted a conference to discuss the causes of homosexuality and promote change from gay to straight. Featured at the conference was American psychologist, Joseph Nicolosi. Dr. Nicolosi stirred much controversy when he said, without research support, that most of his clients show some degree of change in their sexual orientation. Nicolosi's views regarding causes of homosexuality are also controversial. In response to a question about the existence of a gay gene, Nicolosi said: In other words, that...